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School of History

Colm Murphy

Teaching Associate



I am a Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, where I have also just finished my PhD. My research focuses on modern British and Irish history, with a specialism in twentieth-century British politics. My PhD investigates contested ideas of 'modernisation' in the Labour Party and British left from 1973-1997. It offers a new history of the left from the 1970s to the end of the century, and of the competing paths open to a troubled Labour Party. It also provides a new political-intellectual account of the rise of 'New Labour'.

Soon, I am also beginning my next research project, examining the crisis of British Keynesianism from the 1970s to the 1990s, especially the different Keynesian responses to deindustrialisation and globalisation.

Finally, I maintain an interest in twentieth-century Irish history, having previously taught 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland since 1968 and published on the 1913 Dublin Lockout.

Undergraduate Teaching

HST6738 - Making Thatcher's Britain: The Thatcher Revolution, 1975-1997 - 2020/21


Research Interests:

I have a strong interest in the history of modern British politics, and the left in Britain and elsewhere. More widely, I have an interest in Irish history, nationalism, and the intersection of political history with economic, intellectual and cultural history.

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